Brain Cancer Surgery

To minimize impact on brain structures, new technology and instrumentation helps neurosurgeons excise brain tumors with precision.

Neuronavigation – 3-D Technology

This advanced technology allows surgeons to visualize the patient’s anatomy in 3-dimension prior to and during surgery to see the exact location of the surgical instrumentation.

Called StealthStation navigation, it enables surgeons to:

  • Preserve tissue by recognizing tumor boundaries
  • Determine the best placement and size of the craniotomy
  • Account for brain shift during the procedure
  • Plan the least invasive surgical path

Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspiration (CUSA)

Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspiration (CUSA) is used in brain cancer surgery for precise, selective tissue removal. The device aids in tumor debulking and is used in combination with other surgical techniques to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible. With CUSA, the cancer is broken up into small fragments and sucked away from the surface of the epithelium or organs onto which the cancer has spread.

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Surgeons collaborate with the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, Oregon Imaging Centers, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for all types of cancer.

​The numbers and awards speak for themselves


2010-2011 Surgery Quality Report

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